Technology is slowly taking over the world. It affects many things, one of them being handwriting. Typing has some advantages over handwriting, but typing also has some disadvantages. Cursive is outdated, and typing is more efficient than handwriting in general. However, handwriting has some benefits over typing.
Cursive was a lot more prominent in the past then it is today. According to Remington Korper, cursive was taught before printing. This made it the main form of writing for students. Some people that had excellent cursive could take it as a job. The first type of cursive was Spencerian. This was a very time consuming, tiring writing. The next type was Palmer’s Method. This was faster and easier than Spencerian writing. It is very similar to the cursive that is taught in schools today. “Through most of the 20th century, students in the early grade typically received 30 to 45 minutes of handwriting instruction. Today the average is 15 minutes”(Handwriting Debate). Handwriting instruction has slowly decreased over the years as technology becomes better.
Handwriting is very outdated. “Many educators and policymakers have been questioning...teaching handwriting to students who have been born into-and will live and work in- a digital world” (Handwriting Debate). The world is slowly becoming more based on technology. As it does, handwriting becomes more and more obsolete. “The vast majority of business communications are through digital media, college instructors expect papers and reports to be typed, and more and more tests are going online”(Handwriting Debate). College is prime example of this as almost everything is online. If handwriting isn’t going to be used in real life, why teach it in school? To answer that question, cursive is still important in some aspects. For one, a lot of historical documents are written in cursive. Older generations also still write in cursive. How would it feel to receive a letter from your grandma and not be able to read it?
Although cursive may have some importance, typing is much more efficient. “Typing tends to go faster for adept keyboard users, which many youngsters have become...